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Mercury Re-enters Capricorn ~ January 13 to February 3, 2011

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From November 30 to December 18, 2010, Mercury cruised through the first 6 degrees of Capricorn, then stationed to retrograde on December 10, at which time he returned to Sagittarius on December 18th, and finally became direct again on December 29/30. Now, Mercury revisits Capricorn from January 13 to February 3 and finishes what he started back in November.

Mercury governs all manners of thinking, communicating, transportation, and commerce. In Capricorn, Mercury is ambitious; our minds are decisive, and we're persistent in our conversations. This period gives us the opportunity to build upon ideas formed and dreams created while Mercury was in Sagittarius. Let Mercury in Capricorn help you make that happen. Outline goals. Research. Plan steps. Develop the how, when, and with whom. Be focused and well-intentioned.

On the day Mercury re-enters Capricorn, Mars, who is also in Capricorn, will sextile Jupiter which can really help get things moving or happening. Quick decision making may be necessary to capitalize on the energy of this sextile. We remain under the promising energy of the conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus. Keep in mind that actions/decisions now may not necessarily have immediate results. Results or full impact of actions/decisions may take months to unfold. Perhaps the more important thing for now is to make the decision/commitment or take the first step.

While Capricorn, Mercury will make connections with the following celestial bodies on (all dates reflect North America Pacific time zone; allow +/-2 days for life span of influence):

  • January 17/18 ~ Mercury conjunct Pluto. Uncovering what's hidden. Ferret out the truth. A penetrating mind. Strong ability for focus. Also around this time, Cappy-Sun sextile Uranus (January 17) and Jupiter (January 19) which is also when the Full Moon in Cancer happens.
  • January 26 ~ Mercury square Saturn-rx. Limitations/restrictions. Watch mental stress level. Arguments. Misinterpretation of intentions. Communication breakdown. Mechanical failure. Remember that it's how you rise to the challenge of whatever situation you find yourself in.
  • February 2 ~ Mercury sextile Uranus. Brilliant ideas! Write them down. Lest they fleet and be lost forever. Also today, Venus sextile Neptune while square Uranus, the New Moon in Aquarius, and Chinese New Year welcoming the year of the Rabbit.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Capricorn. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Capricorn zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury's transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 9th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 11th house

Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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